Over the last couple of years, several mop manufacturers introduced bucketless microfiber flat mopping systems. These systems house cleaning chemical in the mop handle and dispense at the push of a button — eliminating the mop bucket all together.

Because bucketless mops eliminate the need for a 35-quart capacity or larger bucket of water, manufacturers tout that end users can reduce chemical waste by up to 80 percent when cleaning certain facilities. That’s because every time a custodian has to change out the mop bucket water, he or she is pouring chemical and water down the drain. They then have to repeat the process of refilling and dumping out contaminated water until the job is complete. The cost savings on water and chemicals alone makes this a preferable option over traditional methods — especially when facilities are looking to stretch each dollar spent on cleaning.

Not only do these mops save on water and chemical usage, manufacturers are touting that facilities that implement these systems also require 50 percent less cleaning time. Because these mopping systems weigh less and require less prep work end users are able to clean more in less time. Depending on the system, it allows cleaners to clean anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 square feet before having to worry about refilling chemical.